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ISSUE # 1 

The Point 


Local Writer 


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NOVEMBER 17, 2006 


Co-Written by Sarah Taylor and Sara Chalifoux 

Walk for bob Wilson 

BY Mike Prescott 

Landon Lueck, a 
twenty-eight year old from 
River Falls who stared on 
MTV's The Real World- 
Philadelphia, came to 
Fitchburg State College 
September 12th, 2006, to 
talk to the students about 
drinking and its disastrous 
effects. Though he was only 
here for a short time, the 
personal stories that he 
shared with us will hopefully 
leave a lasting impression, 
and have students thinking 
twice about the true horrors 
that can occur under the 
influence of alcohol. 

Born on August 21, 
1979, in a small Midwestern 
town of approximately 
10,000 people, Lueck grew 
up as an athlete participating 
in sports such as hockey, 
wrestling, tennis, and soccer. 
. He competed in multiple 
tournaments, placing high in 
each sport. While attending 

the University of Wisconsin- 
Stout, he joined a wakeboard- 
ing team, quickly becoming 
the team's inspiration. He 
even earned the positions of 
coach and Wakeboard 

He transferred from 
The University of Wisconsin- 
Stout to The University of 
Wisconsin- Madison after two 
years, mainly so that he could 
join the wrestling team there, 
known as the Badgers. 
Originally, he had chosen to 
pursue a business degree, but 
the change between colleges 
also brought on a change of 
interests. He decided that 
Landscape Architecture was 
more for him. During his col- 
lege career, he was selected 
to be a contestant on The 
Real World Philadelphia. He 
talked to the students about 
his experience on the show, 
and while signing autographs 
for the FSC 

Continued on page 2 

Landon Lueck 
Photo taken by Sara Chalifoux 

Walking or running 
aren't always part of the daily 
routine of Fitchburg State 
College students, but doing so 
on October 29 could help send 
a fellow student through col- 

In conjunction with 
Homecoming Weekend, 
Fitchburg State is hosting the 
inaugural 5K walk and run on 
Oct. 29 to benefit scholarships 
of the Bob Wilson Fund. The 
Bob Wilson Memorial 
Scholarship Fund honors the 
memory of Bob Wilson, a 19- 
year employee of Fitchburg 
State College and avid photog- 
rapher. Wilson, who passed 
away in September of 2005, 
worked as a photographer and 
media coordinator for Fitchburg 
State, as well as in the 
Information Technology depart- 
ment. He was also strongly tied 
to local communities, having 
helped found the Fitchburg 
Access Television. 

"Bob was generous, 
compassionate, and truly dedi- 
cated to helping people," said 
Tina Wilson, Bob's wife of 
seven years. "I feel that we can 
continue to show him that com- 
munity matters, that supporting 
education matters. I want 
people to remember how he 
loved to help people, and in my 
heart, I want to remember him 
- his compassion, his smile, his 

The upcoming event, a 
3.1 mile race, will honor 
Wilson's memory by bringing 
together local communities, 
and providing incoming and 
returning students with scholar- 
ships, encouraging the pursuit 
of communications fields that 

Bob Wilson 

Photo from the FSC Public 

Relations Department 

were close to him.The race 
has been in planning since 
October of last year, shortly 
after Bob's death. 
Tina wanted a way to incorpo- 
rate Bob's sense of communi- 
ty into a fund raising event for 
two scholarships formed in 
his memory. 

"I'm hoping that the 
race will bring people together 
from a number of communi- 
ties race will bring people 
together from a number of 
communities that he worked 
with - Fitchburg Access 
Television, the City of 
Fitchburg, Mount Wachusett 
Community College, and of 
course, Fitchburg State 
College," said Tina. 

These communities 
have been instrumental in the 
development and organization 
of the event, with hundreds of 
people sending in their mem- 
ories of Bob and his impact 
on their lives. Many Fitchburg 
State alumni have also been 
of great assistance. 

Continued on page 5 


revealed his XV tattoo on the 
left side of his chest, which 
symbolizes the fifteenth season 
of Real World Philadelphia. 
After his presentation, he gen- 
erously agreed to a personal 
interview by the staff of The 
Point, eager to share the 
details he did not have time for 
during his public appearance. 

Point: Why did you decide that 
you wanted to be on the show? 
Landon: The reason I decided 
I wanted to be on the show 
was because basically I'm from 
a very small town and I never 
got out, and this was my first 
opportunity to actually go live 
in a big city that was outside 
my comfort zone. And so, I 
jumped at it. I was very reluc- 
tant to be cast on the show but 
once I got an opportunity there 
was absolutely no way I was 
gonna say no. 

Point: Why did you want to do 
the challenges? 
Landon: Money! I think 
because as a kid I would 
always try to set up challenges 
like that, but obviously I'm not 
gonna have a crane and safety 
cords, and so, watching those, 
I was just like 'I wanna do that. 
I wanna try to see how good I 
am at it', you know? And I was 
always the kid who was climb- 
ing trees, you know, and I was 
labeled a monkey when I was 

younger, so I wanted to do that 
really badly. So it was that, 
and then definitely the money, 
cause it's real. I don't know 
what I was thinking before 
when you see all these young 
people your age getting these 
huge foam checks for ten, 
twenty, a hundred and fifty 
thousand dollars, and your like, 
'whatever'. And you get there 
and it's real pressure and you 
come home and you finally get 
that check in the mail and it's 
like, 'wow... it's real!', you 

Point: Who did you get along 
with the most? Why? 
Landon: I think on my first 
show it was definitely MJ. We 
got along all the time, just 
cause I think we were the two 
white, alpha males in the 
house. Well, I dunno if I'm 
really much of an alpha male, 
but the two white guys, and the 
other two guys were gay so it 
was like we kinda got lumped 
together, so we always stuck 
by each other's side. We were 
living with women for the first 
time, dealing with that... and 
then just going out, we had a 
lot of the same social behav- 
iors, so we would go out and 
hang out together, but I think 
on the other shows it was prob- 
ably Mike Mizanin, 'Mike the 
Miz'. He's such a great guy. 
He's been around for a couple 
of the challenges. And I think 
when I finished my season, his 

Sarah Taylor, Sara Chalifoux, Landon Lueck & Dana Bickelman 

Fditor in Chief 

Bruce Lucier 

Doris Schmidt 

Graphic Design 

Photo Taken by: Matt Miller 


Sara Chalifoux 

Ashley Malouin 
Sarah Taylor 
Mike Prescott 

executive producer from his 
show was the same as on 
mine, so when we got done 
and I talked to my executive 
producer, I was like, 'What hap- 
pens now? What are you 
doing?' Cause MJ was getting 
calls to do stuff and I wasn't, 
and I was like, 'Am I just sup- 
posed to go back to school?' 
And he said to just let it go, talk 
to Mike, he's got it figured out. 
So he was kind of like a men- 
tor to me, as far as a profes- 
sional way to handle it. 
Point: Who did you get along 
least with? Why? 
Landon: I never really got into 
disagreements with people. 
The one thing that happened 
with Darrell (Tayler) towards 
the end of the season was he 
lied to me and stabbed me in 
the back which was very real, 
so that was a problem and I 
won't ever trust him again. I 
think there are a lot of people 
that you don't really get along 
with, but it wasn't like I was just 
fighting all the time. There are 
so many people. You are 
going to like some people, but 
you aren't going to get along 
great with everybody. 
Point: Were you comfortable 
with the way the show was 
run? More specifically, the lack 
of privacy and having cameras 
follow your every move? 
Landon: I think a few of us 
dealt with it really well. I think I 
was one of them. I remember 
the first morning that we were 
in the house, I think we went 
out the night before, and I 
woke up and I remember lying 
in bed and I just remember 
being like, 'Oh my God, I'm in 
the Real World house. I'm 
going to be here for eighteen 
months.' And right then it 
clicked in my head... that's just 
the way it is, and I'm just going 
to let it go, and I'm not gonna 
censor myself because I'll be 

really unhappy. So, really, from 
the very first morning, I was 
like, cameras in front of my 
face or whatever, I'm just going 
to try to act like they aren't 
even there, and I think I did. At 
some points, I somewhat regret 
that, but I think it was good that 
I did it that way. 
Point: Did the video editors 
ever blow anything out of pro- 
portion concerning you? 
Landon: Oh yeah, there was 
the drinking thing. I don't 
blame them for it, it was just 
one of those things when you 
do a reality show, you cast the 
people and then you shoot it, 
and then you write it, it's the 
exact opposite of a movie. And 
it sounds weird to write a 
movie, or write a show, after it's 
done, but they have to do that 
so viewers can follow. 
Because life is pretty random, 
and things happen. To make a 
story that viewers can follow 
they have to pick out three 
things from your personality 
right away that they're gonna 
be able to follow, and the alco- 
hol is one of those they got 
from me. That was my own 
fault, because that was my per- 
sonality, and so they followed 
that and it becomes an issue. 
But I think for me, they por- 
trayed me very accurately. I'm 
not going to stand there and be 
like, 'I didn't do that. We were 
scripted', you know? That's all 
B.S. I think one of the things 
you have to do is just stand up 
for yourself. I did that. I'll take 
the blame. I was a fool for 
doing that, but you learn, and 
you grow, and you go on. 
Point: Looking back, is there 
anything you regret? 
Landon: No. You know how 
athletes always say 'Leave it 
on the field'? That's exactly 
what I did. I really put every- 
thing that I had into it without 
knowing. I just completely 

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Sariah Armstrong 
Patrick McGowan 
Laura Wilber 
Oblio Andarrow 
Rachel Bouffard 

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lived it, and went through a lot 
of ups and downs, a lot of hard 
times... I think that was one of 
the reasons people could share 
my feelings for a lot of things I 
was going through. So, no 
regrets, just... I don't know if I 
wish it were longer, cause it 
was starting to get exhausting, 
but, yeah... no regrets. 
Point: What are your favorite 
TV shows? 

Landon: I'm a movie person. I 
really can't watch MTV now, 
because it makes me basically 
sick. The shows on there are 
just so incredibly horrible and 
to watch them, I just think, 
'Wow, this was the show I was 
on.' They have, 'Next, on 
Lesbian Trio...', and it's just 
such trash. But at the same 
time, I'll have people come up 
to me and say, 'You're show is 
all about being drunk and 
hooking up.' Well, if people 
wouldn't want to watch that, 
then they wouldn't show it. It's 
ratings driven. It's all about 
money, and so the ratings are 
what drive it. It's everybody's 
fault. It's not the network's 
fault, because all they're trying 
to do is make more money, get 
more advertising dollars, and 
it's the people that watch that 
stuff and just can't get enough. 
So it's not their fault, but at the 
same time, it's almost like how 
people think McDonald's 
should take responsibility for 
that crap that they make. They 
serve it to billions of people, 
you know? And they should 
take responsibility for that 
because America's getting fat. 
Well, you know you can do 
that, but also it's like the peo- 
ple who are just feeding them- 
selves like IV McDonald's drip 
need to get off of that. And it's 
the same thing for MTV. So 
anyways... I'm a movie person. 
Point: What's your favorite 

Landon: Tommy Boy. Chris 
Farley is buried very near to 
where I used to live. So, it was 
definitely like a local thing 
when that whole thing hap- 

Point: Have you seen any of 
the episodes that you took part 

If yes, then what do you think 
of them? If not, then why? 
Landon: Yeah, I've seen them 
all. I definitely watch them, just 
so I can see exactly what 
everyone else is seeing. To 
see what my parents were see- 
ing, so I know what to apolo- 
gize for, and what not to dis- 
close. Some of them were 
exciting, and they were such a 
good time. But other times 
they just show the crappiest 
moments and you just have to 
watch them. 

Point: Last of all, was your 
experience worth it, and would 
you do it again given the 

Landon: Yes, I would. I don't 
regret anything. There are 
things about my life now that I 
long for that used to be in my 
old life, before the Real World. 
My life is completely different 
now, and there are a lot of 
things such as just going on a 
date without being bothered. 
Everyone's really nice about it, 
but I wish I could just walk into 
a public place again without 
everyone staring at me. It hap- 
pens everywhere. I never real- 
ized how far MTV's reach was, 
but when we were in Tobago, 
filming The Gauntlet II, me 
and this other guy, Ogden, 
were snorkeling one day, and 
we were walking down the 
beach, and there was a bunch 
of local twelve or fourteen year 
olds climbing trees and gather- 
ing mangos and eating them 
on the beach barefoot. We 
walked way down to the end of 
the cove and were getting 
ready to go in, and these boys 
were like 'Hey Landon, how's 
Shavonda?' All I could think of 
was, 'Oh my God!' It totally 
blew my mind. It's weird, but it 
does happen everywhere. But, 
it is what it is, ninety-eight per- 
cent good. The good out- 
weighs the bad. I would do it 
again in a heartbeat. It is inter- 
esting to me to imagine what 
my life would be like if I had 
just said no, continued on with 
school, graduated with all my 
friends and classmates, and I 
would be working now. It's fun 
to think of how it could have 
been, but it's also fun to be 
where I am now. 


BY Sariah Armstrong 

Is Bill Gates really giv- 
ing away his money? That's 
what the e-mail said. Every 
time you forward this mes- 
sage, you'll get over two hun- 
dred dollars. Excellent! 
Everyone could use the extra 
money, but is it really true? 

There is a place to find 
out: This web- 
site lists hundreds of urban 
legends, old wives tales, and 
chain letters, and also tells if 
they are true or false. The 
site tells where these tales 
came from, and if they were 
once based in truth or not. 

The website was 
launched ten years ago by 
Barbara and David 
Mikkelson. They don't collect 
the legends themselves; peo- 
ple send the Mikkelsons 
rumors they've heard, chain 
letters they have gotten, and 
similar information of ques- 
tionable veracity. The 
Mikkelsons then track down 
information either proving or 
disproving each story. 

Bill Gates 

Photo taken from http://fr. gizmo- 

They do not claim to 
be experts on anything. On 
the bottom of every page is a 
bibliography. They document 
their work and invite their 
readers to check for them- 
selves the validity. And they 
always welcome more 

Gel candles do not explode, 
ether isn't being used to 
knock out women in parking 
lots, and, I'm sorry to say, Bill 
Gates isn't giving away his 


BY Rachel Bouffard 

Robert Cormier's last novel, "The Rag and Bone Shop," 
was published in 2001 ; yet his novels are still being read today. 
And while they're being read all over the world, his closest ties 
are to Fitchburg State College. 

Cormier's 1 980 novel "After the First Death" is on the read- 
ing list for the Young Adult Literature class at Fitchburg State 
College this semester. Beyond that, though, there are even more 
ties between the author and the college. 

"Cormier attended Fitchburg State College and had his first 
short story published in a national magazine, the Sign, during his 
freshman year," said Dr. Marilyn McCaffrey, professor emerita in 
English at FSC. "He was awarded an honorary doctor of letters 
degree recognizing his excellence in writing by the college in 
1977. He was a frequent guest speaker in both graduate and 
undergraduate courses." 

McCaffrey, who is guardian of the Robert Cormier 
Manuscript Collection at FSC, continued, "Bob's death in 2000 
meant that students in my fall 2001 Senior Seminar on Cormier 
would not have the privilege of meeting and hearing the author. 
Bob always visited my classes to speak to students. He especial- 
ly enjoyed getting their responses to his newly published novel 
before embarking on a countrywide speaking tour to schools, 
conferences, and libraries." 

Plans call for Cormier's words to be heard again on cam- 
pus on Oct. 26 from 3 to 5:30 p.m., when the sixth annual Tribute 
to Robert Cormier is held in the Miller Oval Room. McCaffrey will 
also be honored at this event, as the library's Young Adult 
Collection is slated to be named after her in a 3 p.m. ceremony. 

The public is invited to attend this free Continued on page 8 


BY Oblio AndarroW 


BY Oblio AndarroW 

On November 7, in 
addition to political offices, 
you had the opportunity to 
vote for the following three 
voter initiatives: 
Question 1 : Sale of Wine by 
Food Stores 

If approved, Massachusetts 
would have become the thir- 
ty-fifth state to allow grocery 
stores to sell wine. The pro- 
posal relates strictly to wine, 
not other types of alcohol. 

Supporters said that 
this initiative will bring 
Massachusetts "up to date" 
with the other states while 
saving consumers money by 
increasing competition, there- 
by reducing prices. 

Opponents argued that 
the new law will increase 
underage persons' access to 
alcohol while providing no 
increase in law enforcement 
funding to discourage its 

Question 2: Nomination of 
Candidates for Public Office 
This law would allow a per- 
son's name to appear on the 
ballot for a particular office 
more than once if nominated 
by more than one political 
party. For example, if both 
the Libertarian and the Green 
Parties nominated the 
Democratic or Republican 
nominee for governor, that 
person's name would appear 
three times in the ballot list, 

once for each party's nomina- 
tion. Only parties which had 
earned at least 3% of the 
vote for any statewide 
office(in the last two elec- 
tions) would be recognized 
under this law. 

Supporters feel that 
this will "give you the freedom 
to support third parties while 
still voting for a candidate 
with a real chance of win- 
ning," while detractors reply 
that this will only benefit 
fringe parties while making 
the ballot more complicated 
and confusing. 
Question 3: Family Child 
Care Providers 
A 'yes' vote here would have 
allowed (but not require) 
state-subsidized childcare 
providers to bargain collec- 
tively with the state. 

Advocates believed 
approval would lead to 
improved child care quality in 
the areas of higher safety 
standards, better-trained child 
care providers, and less 
worker turnover. 

This initiative had only 
a legally-required "against" 
argument from Secretary of 
the Commonwealth William 
Galvin stating, "A 'no' vote will 
allow home-based child care 
providers to retain their inde- 
pendent status with respect 
to negotiations for state-sub- 
sidized provided care." 


On November 8th we spoke with Republican Robert 
Pontbriand, Assistant to Fitchburg mayor Dan Mylott and 
Leominster Mayor Dean Mazzarella, an independent. 

Question 1 : Wine in grocery stores 

Pontbriand and Mazzarella were both opposed. Mr. Pontbriand 
did not support any of the initiatives. His reasons for opposing 
question one included the increased (and uncompensated) cost 
of enforcement, the possibility of underage clerks being put into 
the position of selling alcohol, and the damage that it would do to 
local businesses. "It would benefit large chains to the detriment of 
small package stores." Mazzarella agreed, opining that small 
package stores it would have been impacted, especially consider- 
ing that many were "just holding on" by virtue of their Keno and 
lottery ticket sales. 

Question 2: Multiple occurrences of names on ballots 

Opposed: Pontbriand. He felt that this would add confusion to the 
voting process, an area that is already fraught with "a high level 

Continued on Page 8 

The Underground Pub 
hosted comedian Michael 
Dean Ester recently, and feel- 
ing the need for a lift in spir- 
its, I meandered by to hear 
what he had to offer. 
The humor was all right. Not 
sidesplitting, but not bad 
either. I was more impressed, 
however, with the nuggets of 
honest advice tucked in 
among the jokes. 
"It's your life," he told the 
audience. "I found I liked 
most to make people laugh, 
so I made that my job. I love 
what I do. Find out what you 
like to do; if it makes you 
happy, do it." That's great 
advice. Often people find 
themselves in a job they 
hate; a profession they're in 
because it offered plenty of 
cash. Money is fine, but what 
can it do for you if you're mis- 
erable? Would you would 
rather be poor and happy or 
rich and hating your life? I 
think most would choose the 
first option. 

Another bit of advice: "Keep 
yourself active and busy." 
Experiment. Use your time in 
college to do as much as you 
can. After all, you paid the 
Capital Project Fee, the 
Student Activity Fee, the 
Educational Service Fee, and 
more, so take advantage 

Michael Dean Ester 

Photo taken from: 

Michael Dean Ester 
Photo taken from: 

of what is offered. Are you 
curious about the local area? 
Sign up for a hike at the 
recreation center. Think you'd 
like to act? Get involved with 
the drama club. Do you love 
yoga but find there's none 
offered? Start your own yoga 
group. As Ester said, "Do 
what makes you happy, not 
what makes somebody else 

Finally, he urged everybody 
to be careful around an 
extremely dangerous object: 
the deadly, pernicious credit 
card. "Interest-free" credit 
cards will suddenly charge 
24% if you miss just one pay- 
ment. Are you making just the 
minimum payment on your 
credit card balance? If you 
are, he reminded students, 
you are costing yourself thou- 
sands of dollars and sentenc- 
ing yourself to decades of 
payments. Pay it all off as 
fast as you can; even paying 
an extra five dollars a month 
can save you hundreds in 
interest payments. 
All of the above was good, 
sober information told from 
what is undoubtedly hard- 
won experience on his part. 
Dreams don't always come 
true, but Ester makes a great 
case: go for them with all 
your might. 

of anxiety." It was "designed to benefit third-party candidates" and 
seemed to have no other function beyond that. Mr. Mazzarella 
was neutral on this issue. 
Question 3: Day care collective bargaining 
Opposed: Pontbriand. Mr. Pontbriand opined that "collective bar- 
gaining situations [inevitably] end up costing more money" and 

Bob Wilson 

"It has been wonderful to hear from fellow alumni mem- 
bers." said Tina. "They often share stories of how Bob helped 
them when they were students, and some have even offered to 
help with race details, fund raising efforts, and donations." 

Participation is expected by many local schools, including 
Cushing Academy, Fitchburg High School, Montachusett 

Regional Technical School, and Gardner High School, 
with more schools also expected to register. 

The race begins at the Elliot Field track on the Fitchburg 
State campus, continuing up Peal Hill Road, and onto Fisher 
Road, where participants will turn around and return to Elliot 
Field. Walkers will begin at 12:15 p.m., with runners starting at 1 

One of the scholarships will be awarded to a returning 
photography or film student at Fitchburg State College, while the 
other, sponsored by Fitchburg Access Television, will go to an 
incoming freshman at either Fitchburg State College or Mount 
Wachusett Community College. 

Registration for the event is available online at www.bob-, as are further details about the event and the 
Bob Wilson Fund scholarships. 


BY Patrick McGoWan 

A new Boston-based television program called "Art Show 
Down" brings the world of modern art to a place it has never 
been before - a competitive game show. The project is co-cu rated 
and directed by Fitchburg State College interactive media profes- 
sor Jeff Warmouth. This new show will set a group of contestants 
against each other to find the "ultimate artist in Boston." 
Warmouth believes that the show can have a broad appeal, even 
to those who may not care much about the art world. "In using 
the game show format we are opening ourselves to a wider audi- 
ence than a regular contemporary art show," Warmouth says. He 
also adds, "We're definitely trying to inject some fun in what oth- 
erwise may be seen as a serious or stilted art scene." 
A viewer of "Art Show Down" will find many similarities to classic 
game shows, such as "The Price is Right" as well as some mod- 
ern references to shows such as "Fear Factor." The show 
includes a series of art-related games that range from the chal- 
lenging to the bizarre. In the segment "The Auction Price is 
Right," contestants must guess the auction price of a painting, 
although these prices could be outrageously higher than any pre- 
diction. If they can pass this test, they get a chance to spin the 
"Surreal Wheel" and move on in the show. The "Surreal Wheel" 
decides the fate of the contestants and which of the show's "Solo 
Challenges" they will face. These include, among others, a giant 
rock wall or an ostentatious art curator. In the latter challenge, 
titled "Schmooze and Booze," contestants are asked to practice 
their networking skills at a supercilious art opening. Warmouth 
says, "It's totally a tongue-in-cheek parody of (art exhibitions)." 
On the production as a whole he says, "I think the concept of the 
contest is really funny ... and the execution is really great." 

Warmouth, along with Curator Roland Smart and a team of 
artists from around Boston, worked for over a year to find the 
perfect formula for their unusual show concept. Warmouth says, 
"We assembled a team that we figured would be at least recep- 
tive to the initial idea." He adds,"With that team, we managed to 
create something that I think everybody feels they were an impor- 
tant part of creating." With the original plan to do an art exhibit 
about game shows, the team decided the best way to offer their 
comment and parody would be to build and tape a live show. 
Warmouth says, "Artists have been doing a lot of work in cri- 

Photo from last year's dance show 


By Laura Wilbur 

It's October; classes have started and it's time to get 
back to studying. But for many Fitchburg State College stu- 
dents, October means getting ready for another year of danc- 

The Fitchburg State College dance club is the largest 
club on campus, averaging about 180 students each year; but 
what attracts so many students to this particular club? "It's all 
about the pride you get in the end of the year when you per- 
form a dance that you created, and you taught," says Laura 
Burkett, a Fitchburg State student and current dance club 
teacher. Fitchburg State's dance club is different from those at 
other schools as the students teach all of the dance classes 
held, making it a club run by students, for the students. The 
club is open to everyone, although certain classes do hold 
auditions. According to Burkett, if they did not, there would be 
too many students in the class, preventing them from being 
able to fit on the stage or from getting the individual attention 
that they may need. This usually happens with the more pop- 
ular classes such as hip-hop, jazz funk, and video pop. At 
auditions, students would be required to perform a quick 
dance that the teachers have prepared. Those auditioning 
may dance alone or in a group. 

For those who have never danced or taken classes 
before, the dance club holds classes for students at every 
level. The club offers various levels of lyrical, tap, jazz, and 
hip-hop classes. The club also has different ethnic dance 
classes, for example, Irish Step and African Dance. The dance 
club is a great opportunity for Fitchburg State students, and it 
is free to join. 

Each class is held once a week in one hour-long ses- 
sion, and the dance club has over 20 different classes to 
choose from. Additional dress rehearsals at the end of the 
semester are very important to make sure that every last 
minute detail is in place for opening night. The classes are 
held in two locations; the dance room found off of the under- 
ground tunnel in the Hammond Building, and the dance room 
in the Recreation Center. 

"Some students join and tell me that they haven't 
danced since pre-school. Others have danced all their life. It 
doesn't matter what level you are at, just as long as you really 
want to dance!" says Burkett. 


tiquing popular culture, but game shows ... we just really 
haven't seen people do that." They received a grant from the 
host of the event, Art Interactive in Cambridge, and built other 
resources through a fund raising event. continued on page 6 



A guy dressed in a French maid outfit and a girl dressed in 
nothing but lingerie walk into the Underground Pub. On stage is a 
man with nothing but a pair of golden boxer shorts being chased 
by a tall man with shimmering undergarments and little else. 
Behind them plays the exact same scene on a movie screen. 
Music blasts, and the crowd cheers and sings along with the 
movie just as people have thousands of times since 1975 when 
the Rocky Horror Picture Show had its first screening. The sex- 
driven cult classic musical has captured the imaginations of peo- 
ple all over the country with it's mix of rock & roll, dancing, and 
some of the most memorable characters you'll ever meet. 

This is what students witnessed when they attended 
Fitchburg State College's entirely student directed version of the 
popular musical. The show will played Monday, Oct. 23 in the 
Underground Pub. 

So just what is Rocky Horror? '"Rocky Horror 
Picture Show' is not your average movie experience; we [did] 
play the movie but we also [had] people acting it out in front of 
the screen. We [sold] bags with everything you need to throw at 
different times during the movie," says Dan Daly, the director of 
the performance. Before the movie was played, three "pre- 
shows" were performed by the Falcon Players, acting out scenes 
from the movie. Daly and his "co-conspirator," senior Amy 
DeMar, who are both long-time fans of the show, were granted 
the opportunity to bring the show to our very own Underground 
Pub with great optimism that it would draw a diverse crowd of 
diehard fans and hopefully some new ones as well. 

Daly encouraged students attending to "dress up as their 
favorite character or whatever they deem appropriate... dress in 
your girlfriend's clothes... be creative." That very accurately sums 
up what a lot of the show is all about: the audience. "The audi- 
ence is the most integral part of the show, they have to yell things 
at the screen in time [with the movie]. They get to throw stuff, 
sing, dance, and do other things you'd usually get in trouble for 
doing in a movie theater." And throw things they did. At some 
shows you would be expected to bring your own items, but the 
show received support from on-campus organizations, with 1 in 
10 Friends putting together the bags of items to be thrown, 
according to Daly. 

Art ShoW Confidential 

The Fitchburg State College Communications Media 
department provides much of the support on the technical end of 
the production. Warmouth says, "We've got a lot of talent at 
Fitchburg (State) and I always wanted to get them involved ... 
with the show." Fitchburg State's Professor Paul Concemi has 
been involved with the lighting and video production, and is also 
the creator of the "Surreal Wheel." Fitchburg State students also 
serve as the camera operators for the event. "I feel it's a good 
way to get people here in 'The Burg' interested in the going's on 
in Boston," Warmouth says. 

In a television landscape that is becoming increasingly 
filled with reality and celebrity shows, "Art Show Down" is a 
refreshing parody. The show takes on well-known game show 
characteristics and introduces a fun but educational art element. 
"I think bottom line it's actually a really entertaining show that 
hopefully will makepeople think a little bit about some of the art 
world stereotypes and ... hopefully educate," Warmouth says. 
The show was taped at Art Interactive in Cambridge on Oct. 16 
and the finale was taped on Oct. 28. The show will broadcast on 
Cambridge Community Television, and DVD copies of the 
episodes will also be available in the near future. 



FSC's student production of The Rocky Horror Picture 
Show was one of the best performances I have seen so far. The 
director, Dan Daily, has certainly created a show to be proud of. 
The actors were exceptional and conquered their roles with preci- 
sion. With the audience participation and cast shout-outs, it was 
easy to feel like an extra on the set. The actors made excellent 
use of the space they were given, using the entire room as their 
stage so that no matter where you sat, you had the chance to 
participate and watch the actors do what they do best. I am very 
glad that I went, and if they get the well deserved chance to per- 
form it again, I will be sure to attend. 

a different 
set of Jaws 

The Rocky Horror Picture 
Show movie poster 

25th Anniversary movie poster 

for The Rocky Horror Picture 


Screen Shot from the movie 

The Rocky Horror Picture 


All photos from the FSC 
Halloween Bash 

Photos taken by Bruce Lucier 

Stonehaven Food and Spirits 

350 John Fitch Highway 
Fitchburg, MA 01 420 

Open SUN - WED 11 :30 AM to 10:00 PM 
THURS - SAT 11 :30 AM to Midnight 
Phone: (978) 829-0057 


From the intersection of Pearl Street 
and North Street (Aubuchon dorm), 
go south % mile to Main Street 
(Landmark: Dunkin Donuts). 
Turn left onto Main Street and contin- 
ue Va mile to next traffic light (Moran 
Square Diner). 

Bear left at the traffic light onto 
Lunenburg Street; go % mile to next 
light (Walgreens). 

Turn right onto John Fitch Highway 
and proceed Vz mile to Stonehaven 
(next to McDonald's). 

Ye Farte, feeling the 
urge for a fresh dining experi- 
ence, made his merry way to 
one of our fair city's newest 
dining establishments, situated 
at the former Amvets Post's 
site on John Fitch Highway. 
The former lodge still stands, 
but has been renovated inside 
and out. 

The warm, friendly interior 
decor is dominated by an open 
bar area with jukebox, dart 
boards, a pair of booths, and a 
pool table. 



Another half-dozen 
booths are adjacent to the bar 
area. A banquet room can be 
reserved for functions and a 
smoker's patio accommodates 
nicotine addicts. 

On arrival we were 
quickly shown to our booth. 
Our perky young server arrived 
promptly and was attentive 
without hovering, a manner 
which pleases Ye Farte greatly. 

The menu offers 
'starters' (appetizers), soups, 
salads, meat pies, entrees, 
pub-style foods, and dessert. 
House specialties are marked 
and dishes containing allergens 
(such as peanuts) are high- 
lighted. Kosher and vegetarian 
offerings are also available. 

Several beers (bottles 
and draft) are available, rang- 
ing from watered-down 
American varieties to Belhaven 
and a Sam Adams seasonal. 
The wine list notes a half- 
dozen varieties. 

We found the petite 
salad was very much of the 
size advertised, while the soup 
seemed excessively salty to Ye 
Farte, who is sensitive to it and 
must restrict his intake of it. 



Happily unaware of our plight, 
our server presented the 
entree, Primavera Pasta: a 
sauteed dish covered with a 
pine nut pesto sauce. Adorned 
with broccoli, mushrooms, and 
sun-dried tomatoes, this was 
tasty but as saline as the soup. 

Ye Farte, while 
impressed with the surround- 
ings, staff, and service, was 
disappointed with the kitchen 
offerings. The owner assured 
us that low-salt fare is avail- 
able, but the unfortunate truth 
of the matter is that you are 
extrememly restricted in your 
choices, since many items 
have a prepared sauce which 
uses salt integrally. 

In sum, Stonehaven 
offers a pleasant setting for 
eating, drinking, and general 
camaraderie. On a subsequent 
visit we were treated to a pro- 
cession of bagpipers from the 
Glen Room, an interesting if 
noisy experience. The booths 
feature games inlaid into the 
tabletops, a trifle Ye Farte 
scoffs at while granting their 
utility to harried parents of 
bored small children. 

Since service is prompt, this 
should not normally present a 
severe problem. 

The food, while tasty, is 
regretfully not of the standard 
one expects of a chef with a 
culinary degree. Aside from its 
Scottish air, Stonehaven's uni- 
fying theme appears to be salt. 

We urge all patrons to 
request that no salt be added. 
One can add it later. This is not 
an insurmountable problem 
and may well have been 
already addressed. Currently, 
however, Ye Farte can only 
bestow a middling grade for 
their offerings. 

Decor and Ambiance: A 
Service: A 
Food: C 
Overall: B - 


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Above are Jem, a junior, from 
Whidbey Island, WA and Tony, 
a psychology major from 
Townsend, MA. At right are 
Fairy Princess Ben, a sopho- 
more, from Franklin, MA and 
steadfast sprite Rhiannon, a 
freshman from Dartmouth, MA 

Photos by Bruce Lucier. 

Website offers info on candidates 


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political candidate or official for any office. But there is one web- 
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At the Deval Patrick Rally in Worcester 
Shown are Vicki Sullivan, Mike Miner, Irene Lanois, Jess Guiney, 
Tim Walsh, Matt Skinner, Amy Medeiros, Dr. Paul Weizer, Jessica 
Perevra, Alex King and Rene Lessard 


there was not a convincing 
argument that this measure, if 
approved, would translate into 
better child care. As on 
Question 2, Mr. Mazzarella was 
neutral on this issue. 

Election of Deval Patrick as 

Pontbriand: "I was surprised 
that he won by such a large 
margin." Mr. Patrick is "a very 
intelligent, charismatic, and 
well-spoken" individual, but 
Pontbriand felt that his cam- 
paign was high on rhetoric and 
low on substance. He also felt 
that Patrick would be beholden 
to special interest groups, who 
expect a "return on their invest- 
ment," i.e. their support. 

Mazzarella: "I wish him the 
best. I heard him say that he 
wanted only to make this a bet- 
ter state, and I take him at his 


Robert Cormier 

event, which McCaffrey said 
she originally planned "as a 
way of bringing Cormier back 
to campus by having many 
voices read his words." 

Students, professors, 
alumni, administrators, and 
staff will read aloud passages 
from Cormier's 19 books. The 
event is made up strictly of 
readings. The attendees will 
not be having discussions 
about the author or his novels; 
they'll simply be reading a vari- 
ety of short passages from his 
novels, one after the other. 

They will also be read- 
ing from foreign editions of his 
work. "Last year we had read- 
ings in French, German and 
Spanish," McCaffrey said. In 
addition, Dr. Chola Chisunka of 
the English department did a 
reading from "The Chocolate 
War" that he translated into 
Bemba. Dr. Jan Alberghene 
arranged a taped reading from 
"I am the Cheese" in Serbo- 
Croatian. Dr. Doris Schmidt 
usually does a reading in 

The family of Robert 
Cormier also participates in this 
event. "Bob's daughters - 
Bobbie, Chris, and Renee - 
take turns reading each year. 
Last year two of Bob's grand- 
children did readings. This year 
Bob's son Peter will be a read- 
er for the first time," McCaffrey 

McCaffrey has been the 
legal guardian of the Robert 
Cormier Manuscript Collection 
since 1981. "I was instrumental 
in having Robert Cormier 
donate his manuscript 


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collection to the college," she 
explained. "I sorted and organ- 
ized the papers at Cormier's 
home for a period of two and 
one half years in preparation 
for their presentation to the col- 

Cormier published in 
first novel, "Now and at the 
Hour," in 1960. His novels "The 
Chocolate War," "The 
Bumblebee Flies Anyway," and 
"I am the Cheese" have all 
been made into movies. In July 
2006, the Boston Globe named 
Cormier's novel "The Rag and 
Bone Shop" as one of the Top 
5 young-adult novels in New 
England. "The Rag and Bone 
Shop" was published posthu- 

Although Cormier died 
in 2000 at the age of 75, his 
work is still prominent in pres- 
ent society. Not only are his 
novels still being taught in 
schools, but they have also 
been the target of parents and 
others who have wanted to 
ban his books. 

Cormier, who worked on 
the staff of the Fitchburg 
Sentinel, lived in Leominster 
his entire life. 

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